Gennady Golovkin and Martin Murray both made weight and looked in great shape today for tomorrow's fight from Monte Carlo, with Golovkin defending his WBA middleweight title against the Englishman.
Golovkin (31-0, 28 KO) came in at 158.9 pounds, with Murray (29-1-1, 12 KO) at 159.9, both shading in under the 160-pound limit for the fight.
GGG will be making the 12th defense of the title he has held since 2010, and isn't expected by many to have significant trouble with his challenger once again. Golovkin, 32, has been steamrolling competition for his entire pro career, but Murray, 32, is a legitimate top contender, and if he can do that once again against a tough opponent who has been a hard out in other big fights, he would deserve a lot of credit.
Murray is most notable for a pair of controversial world title bouts in 2011 and 2013, when he went on the road to face Felix Sturm in Germany and Sergio Martinez in Argentina. He went to a draw against Sturm and lost a decision to Martinez despite an eighth round knockdown. In both fights, Murray had a credible argument that he should have been the winner.
He's won four in a row since the loss to Martinez, most recently beating Domenico Spada on a cut stoppage in October. Golovkin last fought that same month, trouncing Marco Antonio Rubio in two rounds, and went 3-0 in 2014 with other wins over Daniel Geale and Osumanu Adama.
BLH will have live coverage tomorrow afternoon for the fight, which HBO is televising in the United States.